With much thanks to February’s hosts – Wendy of wmpesblog and Dharm of DadBaker – I give you my take on a Flourless Chocolate Cake and vanilla ice cream. The original recipes posted in the DB forum were chock full o’ heavy creams and eggs so I decided to check out what the other alternative (we’re just like the Gin Blossoms) bakers were doing. Shelleyfish brought forth a recipe for a raw chocolate cake and I had to bite. I’m of the brownies-for-breakfast foodie school, so I like to try to work healthy foods into my diet in sneaky ways. I’m like Jessica Seinfeld minus the children. The only one I’m duping is me.
Recipe (from Jennifer Cornbleet’s Raw Food Made Easy)
1 1/2 cups raw walnuts, unsoaked
10 pitted medjool dates, unsoaked
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa or carob powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
2 teaspoons water
1/2 cup fresh raspberries for garnish (optional)
- Place walnuts & salt in food processor fitted with S blade and process until finely ground.
- Add the dates, cocoa powder, and optional vanilla and process until the mixture begins to stick together.
- Add the water and process briefly.
- Transfer to a serving plate and form into a 5-inch round cake. Chill for 2 hours.
- Decorate the cake and plate with fresh raspberries before serving if desired.
- Covered with plastic wrap this will keep for three days in the fridge, or two weeks in freezer. Bring to room temp. before serving.
To accompany my raw chocolate friend, I called up his pal Raw “Vanilla” Sorbet.
5 bananas – peeled, sliced, and frozen
1/3 C coconut cream (refrigerate coconut milk and scrape off the solids)
1/3 C coconut milk (the remaining liquids in the can)
4 T agave nectar
1 t vanilla
- Place all your ingredients in a blender (preferably Vita-Mix because it owns) and blend until creamy.
- Freeze again to let it set up, or just scoop it out with a spoon because you won’t be able to resist.
My sorbet looks a bit mushy because I was trying to rush to get this post up today and trying to take my photos before the natural light went away! So there was no time to freeze it before taking the picture. Boo. It tasted wonderful though! Neither the banana flavor or the coconut was too strong – it didn’t taste anything like a pina colada so I was happy. I pressed my cake into cookie cutter molds in honor of Valentine’s Days past. The cake itself is delicious – you only need a couple bites because it is so dense and rich. The thing I love the most about raw desserts is the fact that you’re really just eating fruit and nuts. So you can indulge without the sugar rush and feel like you’re building muscles so you can be big and strong. Ya know.